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I thought I'd share some of the aircraft I've made over the last few months.
With lockdown and not being able to get home I can't get to work on my layout. Luckily I've been able to keep sane with some modelling in my room at work.
These are just the completed ones, I still have a few on the go, including a Bachmann MK1 BSK I'm converting to the weedsprayer carriage. 

First up is the HobbyBoss HH-60J with the Air Graphics Models interior set which you can't actually see. I've modified this to the current MH-60T version although I still need to add a FLIR turret.
Second is the Academy A-10 built OOB. I've actually seen these in action and they are awesome.
Third is the Airfix Phantom FG.1. The real version of this is in the Ulster Aviation Society museum at the old Long Kesh Maze site. It is also OOB
Lastly is the Revell Hunter FGA.9 built in Rhodesian colours using Xtradecals Hunter sheet.
All are 1/72 which is my preferred scale though I have dabbled in 1/48 and 1/144 for Airliner models.
I use acrylics and an Iwata Neo airbrush to paint them.










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The Hunter was a civilised plane.


Somewhere, I may still have a 'Restricted' document, that I once got arrested at bayonet-point for possessing*. It included some crash reports**. One involved some Jordanian Hunter pilots being trained to attack gun sites in Wales. The "attacks" were being filmed by two chaps in a pretend sandbagged enclosure just below a hilltop. They were also in radio communication with the "attacking" Hunters - the general technique was to fly directly at the gun site, so that your fire would '"suppress" the fire from the lads in the gun site. Most of the initial "attacks" broke off far too early. People were repeatedly advised to press home the attack until the last possible moment, to maintain the fire-suppression. The final pilot decided that he was going to be the best - but this ended up with him taking the top two rows of sandbags off, removing the cine camera and burying the two chaps, who had elected to lie down on the floor by this stage, under a deluge of sand.

One of the statements to the board of enquiry was along the lines of "By this stage, I had ceased to directly observe the situation, as I was lying face-down in the bottom of the gun pit".

* There were other potential offences at the time, but I was never actually charged.

** RAF crash reports of the 60s and 70s could be quite 'entertaining'.

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  • 3 weeks later...

The latest addition, a Revell MV-22 Osprey.

It was sprayed using Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics. If you look at the black painted areas, you can see some discolouration caused by the Humbrol acrylic matt varnish. I recently moved away from Railmatch matt varnish as it seemed to yellow lighter finishes. Now this Humbrol one seems to have reacted with the darker colour. Both were rattle cans as I have found putting varnish through my airbrush leads to clogging very soon after starting.

Any solutions or advice would be most welcome.


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Another new addition.

This is the 1/72 Acadamey F-18 kit. Kit was built OOB with some Decals from Air Graphics to make a CF188 that recently operated in the Middle East.

Paints were Vallejo and I seem to have solved my varnish issues. I'm using Vallejo matt varnish. The weathering was done using oils over a gloss varnish to highlight panel lines. I then overcoated in matt and dabbed highly thick dark oil washes to give the grubby effect. This was sealed in with more matt varnish. In hindsight I'd use a thinner brush to do the streaking on the wings as it seems to be a bit thick. It is much darker in the pic then it is in reality. The lighting in my room is awful.

All I need now is to add a Sniper tageting pod as the kit came with a LANTIRN pod.


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The latest 2 additions to my aircraft fleet completed over the last 5 weeks at work.

First is the Airfix 1/72 Sea Harrier from 801 Squadron FAA. The Sea Harrier is my all time favourite aircraft so I couldn't not have one in my collection. The panel lines are unrealistically deep and are typical of the Airfix kits from the time (10 to 15 years ago). It was painted using both Vallejo and Tamiya paints. I mainly used the kit decals but the 801 NAS specific decals were from a Model Alliance decal sheet.

Second is an Acadamey 1/72 F-15C Eagle from the 493rd FS at RAF Lakenheath in the UK. Paints were "USAF Gray Schemes" from Vallejo's Air War Colour Series. I used Caracal Models F-15C/D Lakenheath decals with some of the kits own decal for some of the stencilling. 

Both kits were primed in black and mottled over with white. This creates a worn, grubby look as the different tones show through the paint, as long as you don't apply too heavy a coat. Don't ask me how I know that 🤔🙄

Please excuse the quality of the photos. The light in my room at work is awful and I'm using my old Samsung camera. I don't own (or want) a smartphone to takes pics on that.

I'm home for a month now so will hopefully be able to crack on with my layout. Progress has stalled on that over the last year as due to the restrictions on travel for the first half of the year getting home was a nightmare. 









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11 minutes ago, Galteemore said:

Nice. The RAF variant Harrier tends to be much better known given its high profile on CAS work in the early Op HERRICK rotations before the GR4s came in. That’s a lovely model and nicely shows off the distinctive FAA features.

We had a Harrier do a "show of force" for us during Herrick 8 in Sangin. It came out of the blue, down the canal and I swear at one stage I was looking DOWN at it, it was so low. Didn't work, we had a major contact after it left. That was the patrol where our Plt Comd ordered us to "Fix Bayonets" 

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5 minutes ago, Georgeconna said:

Nice Shar, have 1 or to in the Stash.

The 15 is lovely too, Iraqi killer with  2 kills, Probably seen that in one of my numerous visits to the Heath. Great spot for watching the LN aircraft.

the C/D wont have much longer there with the F-35 dues soon

I think it's next year (22) the C/Ds leave. The Es will still be there though. And I think they're getting 2 squadrons of F-35s, though I could be wrong on that.

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